Northwestern University might officially be in disagreement with the actions of its football players on Tuesday, but that doesn't mean the school isn't proud of them.
After athletic director Jim Phillips responded to Kain Colter and Co.'s announcement that the players were petitioning to unionize with a statement that expressed ample applause along with an official position of disagreement, head football coach Pat Fitzgerald tweeted out a message that was nothing but positive.
Kain and our student-athletes have followed their beliefs with great passion and courage. I'm incredibly proud of our young men! GO CATS!— Pat Fitzgerald (@coachfitz51) January 28, 2014
The message echoed the remarks of Colter, the now former Northwestern quarterback who suddenly became the face of a movement earlier Tuesday. Colter, who played his final season with the Wildcats in 2013, commented during a press conference that Northwestern was always teaching him to be a leader and that he's putting those lessons into action.
Colter also said that he notified Fitzgerald of his and his teammates' plans early Tuesday morning and that Fitzgerald, a former Northwestern linebacker, was in favor of efforts to improve the experience of student-athletes.